A journey along the Pittsburg Mines Trail reveals an abandoned mining area spread out along the foothills of the mountains. The mines have since been filled in or fenced. The hill at the end offers spectacular views of the Lake Havasu City area.
Directions to Trailhead
From McCulloch Blvd, drive out to the north end of Cherry Tree Blvd. Turn right on Tierra Vista and left on Del Sol to a culvert just past Corte Cabrillo (elev 1570 ft). The trailhead is at the end of the culvert, about 7 miles from the London Bridge.
Trail Route Instructions
- Walk upstream in the wash, bearing right, and later, up a small hill to the electrical tower.
- Go straight east from the tower on a dirt road that curves north (left) along the foothills.
- Turn right on a dirt road entering the mountains.
- Look left for a trail up a hill by a gray area for the mines (elev. 2150 feet).
- Return straight back on this dirt road, past another mine, up and over a hill, curving left, and continuing left until the road drops down into a wash below the next tower.
- Head down the wash, bypassing a dry waterfall on the left side, to the point where you first went up the small hill to the tower.
- Return downstream to your starting point.
Arizona Hiking Safety
The rugged beauty of the Lake Havasu City area, just down the Colorado River from the Grand Canyon, makes a lasting impression. But the desert can be hazardous. Many trails are unmarked and infrequently traveled. Please consider these suggestions to make the most of your adventure:
- Avoid hiking during the summer, approximately June 15 to September 15, when daytime temperatures can reach 120° or more.
- Do not hike in washes when heavy rainfall is anticipated to avoid the threat of flash floods.
- Always take plenty of water; plan to carry at least one quart of water for every four hours you hike in direct sunlight.
- Wear a hat, sunglasses with UV-protection, and sunscreen.
- Print off a copy of the trail map from this webpage and carry it with you if the route is unfamiliar.
- Wear sturdy, thick-soled shoes and use a hiking stick if you easily lose your balance.
- Never hike alone and always let a responsible person know where you’re going and when you expect to return.
- Plan to leave on your hike early in the day to avoid the risk of being lost on the trail after dark.
- Travel light; the less you carry the more you will enjoy the hike.
- Leave nothing behind. We want our trails to remain beautiful for your return!
* Aesthetic rating: The more diamonds, the more desirable the trail the in terms of remoteness, natural features and scenic beauty